It’s rude to talk about politics, sex and Ramsey over dinner. He’s quite the fire starter when it comes to conversation.
I am being a touch provocative when I speak of him, I think he’s a very good player. His engine is seconded by none, he has great movement and his game is very positive. I just struggle to correlate the gung-ho ‘extra man’ forward play with an advantage. Anyone can play like a second striker, the skill is in making sure you don’t expose the team in the process. He should be carrying Arsenal at his age, with his reputation, just like Cesc was.
Anyway, interesting that Bild are now linking us with Demirbay of Hoffenheim. I’d be a total lying bag of scum if I told you I knew anything about him before yesterday, but he’s apparently an important box-to-box gem in the setup of Julian Nagelsmann. Great passer, good reader of the game, pretty solid energy.
What does that mean for our midfield? Well, likely, it could mean Wenger is replacing this man. 👇
“I personally prefer him as a box-to-box player,”
“Because he has the engine, he has the power, he has the long pass. He likes to come deep and distribute the game, but he has the engine to have the impact with his runs.”
Is that Ramsey Wenger is speaking about? No. That’s Xhaka.
“We lost our first game; you go a bit for stablity. (Xhaka’s) highly-focused – Elneny as well – they are top, top quality.”
That comment didn’t age well, did it?
Anyway, the write-ups suggest Demirbay’s a very Wenger like player.
“I can play in a two, on the eight and on the ten. As a modern central midfielder, you need strengths in the offensive and the defensive. Without this, it becomes difficult nowadays.”
He can play everywhere, he’s solid moving forward, at one point last season, only two players had more key passes per game. He’s also tough, the start of his career was slogged out in Bundesliga 2 where he had to learn to be a slag to get by. This part of the write-up was interesting.
‘Hoffenheim have often operated with a man marking system and an effective pressing model thus far this season, with Demirbay‘s involvement in the middle of the park a vital component in making this possible, averaging 1.9 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per game. The midfield positional rotation also sees Demirbay cover as the deepest midfielder when tactically triggered, highlighting the faith shown in him by Nagelsmann.’
Sven M is interested in the player. If the club were planning on selling Ramsey, it’d make sense to buy in someone who has tactical intelligence already built-in, and bring in a player who was disciplined. Sure, we might lose something going forward, but I think the notion that having someone who bombs out of position but doesn’t score being an advantage is weird anyway.
Not a like for like replacement, but definitely a different type of option for the club if Ramsey does go.
Oh Mikki you so fine, you so fine, you make other players come join the AFC REBIRTH PARDDDDDY. Auba had this to say about his ex-partner in crime.
“He called me a few times, he asked, ‘Will you come or not?’ I said, ‘First you have to tell me if you sign or not’.
“He told me all was done and of course it was a big factor in coming here.
“We understand each other on and off the pitch, that’s why it’s easier on the pitch
Little bit of cheeky gossip that had me perk up at the breakfast table. Pastorello, an Italian super agent, had this to say on Sarri, to Tuttosport.
“Sarri? Arsenal are mainly being talked about for him,”
“There’s been less talk about Allegri, but it’s hard to find a better coach than him for Juve.
“Still, from experience, I’ve learned that in the market, the most concrete negotiations take place in silence.”
Sexy talk, that.
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